“Glee” star Lauren Potter has landed herself a new gig. She has been appointed to serve on President Barack Obama’s Committee for People With Intellectual Disabilities.
Potter, who has Down Syndrome, who plays Jane Lynch’s sidekick Becky Jackson on the hit TV show, will share her own real-world advice on issues of education, home ownership and work placement with the American leader.
Releasing a statement to CNN, she writes, “It is important to me that people with intellectual disabilities are represented and treated fairly and are given the same opportunities as every other American.
“Our challenges are the same as many others; we want to be safe in school – free from bullying and teasing – (and) we hope to be welcomed at parks, recreation centers and other community activities. We worry about jobs and where we will live but mostly we want to be treated how you want to be treated – with respect!”
Potter will join 33 other citizens and government officials in working towards positive change and Obama is happy to have the actress on board. He states, “I am grateful that these talented and dedicated individuals have agreed to take on these important roles and devote their talents to serving the American people. I look forward to working with them in the coming months and years.”
Congrats to Lauren!